MARCH 1, 1912 - JULY 18, 2001

Lucille Charolette Coker, 89, a longtime resident of Osawatomie and retired Osawatomie businesswoman, died Wednesday, July 18, 2001 in Johnson County Nursing Home in Olathe.

She was born March 1, 1912 in Osawatomie. She was the eighth of the nine children of John Thomas and Katie Belle Drown Jenkins. She grew up in near Osawatomie and attended rural Union Valley School. She was a 1931 graduate of Osawatomie High School.

She and Frank Lloyd Coker were married Oct. 17, 1932, in Madison, Kan. They made their home in Osawatomie and became the parents of three children.

Mr. and Mrs. Coker owned and operated the Coker Store at the intersection of Sixth and Main streets in Osawatomie for many years before they retired in 1981. The Coker Store was operated by the third generation of the family before it was sold.

Her memberships included the First United Methodist Church of Osawatomie where she was a member of its United Methodist Women and the church choir. She was also a member of Chapter DO of the P.E.O. Sisterhood and Busy Bee Prayer Group, both of Osawatomie.

Those preceding her in death included her husband; a daughter, Patricia Dee Coker, who died in infancy; four sisters; and four brothers.

Survivors include two sons, Larry Coker of San Antonio, Texas, and Tom Coker of Olathe; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Services were Saturday in the church, followed by P.E.O. services. Julie Jeffries was the soloist, accompanied by Shelly Holm, organist. Pallbearers were Ryan McDougal, Cory McDougal, Scot Coker, Bret Coker, Joel Coker, Char Coker, Dalton Coker, Devin Coker, Larry Coker, Jr. and Keith Holm. Burial was in Osawatomie Cemetery.

Arrangements were cared for by Eddy-Birchard Funeral Home of Osawatomie.

Memorials are to the church.

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